Megabus and semi crash, more than a dozen injured

EDINBURGH, Ind. (WISH) — A Megabus heading from Chicago to Atlanta crashed near Edinburgh early Monday morning, injuring more than a dozen people on board and causing a miles-long traffic back up on Interstate 65.

It happened in the southbound lanes near State Road 252 around 5:30 a.m. This is close to the Johnson County/Shelby County line.

Megabus passengers stand on the side of the road after the bus crashed on I-65 near Edinburgh Monday, April 13, 2015. (WISH Photo/Joe Melillo)
Megabus passengers stand on the side of the road after the bus crashed on I-65 near Edinburgh Monday, April 13, 2015. (WISH Photo/Joe Melillo)

Preliminarily, officials say the Megabus rear-ended the semi, damaging the front windshield of the bus. Two other vehicles — a Chevy Avalanche and a Nissan Altima — were involved in the crash.

Multiple ambulances were called to the scene to transport 19 people to local hospitals. Their injuries were said to be minor.

Passengers described the scene to 24-Hour News 8 as chaotic.

“I don’t think it’s the driver’s fault. I feel like it was a specific situation. It’s not their fault,” Rachel Stringer, passenger on the bus, said.

IndyGo buses respond to the scene of a Megabus crash near Edinburgh to pick up passengers involved on Monday, April 13, 2015. (WISH Photo/Joe Melillo)
IndyGo buses respond to the scene of a Megabus crash near Edinburgh to pick up passengers involved on Monday, April 13, 2015. (WISH Photo/Joe Melillo)

IndyGo sent two buses to pick up passengers. A spokesman for the company said their drivers were initially having a hard time reaching the scene, because of the major traffic back-up that formed after the crash.

Southbound lanes were completely shut down so emergency crews could respond, causing a back-up that stretched at least eight miles. Around 8 a.m., one lane of traffic was getting by. Northbound lanes were not affected.

This is the fourth crash over the past year in Indiana involving Megabuses. A crash near  Greenwood in October 2014 injured dozens of people when the bus tipped over. On Dec. 20, 2014, a Megabus landed on its side near Seymour, injuring a number of passengers on board. Ten days later, a Megabus was involved in a crash in northern Indiana near Hammond. No one on the bus was hurt.

Sean Hughes, director of corporate affairs for Megabus.com North America, released the following statement Monday morning:

“Megabus can confirm that one of our vehicles travelling from Chicago, IL to Atlanta, GA was involved in an incident on the I-65 near Edinburgh, IN, at approximately 6.00 am today (Monday, April 13, 2015).
Safety is our number one priority and Megabus is fully cooperating with the authorities with their investigation into the incident.”

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